The Future of Digital Wellbeing
Smart watches, voice shopping and interactive apps. Most people’s lives are filled with online technology. And, with an enormous amount of technological capability at our fingertips, it’s no wonder that the world is fast becoming a digital-first society.
However, for all the ways that technology is transforming the way people live, it has yet to make major inroads into how we receive healthcare. The adoption of digitally enabled tools for diagnosis, treatment, and management, for example, has been modest. Not even electronic medical records are part of routine care in South Africa. But how does digital healthcare affect us?
What is Digital Health?
Digital health is the use of technology to help improve individuals’ health and wellness. It can cover everything from wearable gadgets to ingestible sensors, from mobile health apps to artificial intelligence, from robotic carers to electronic records.
Why is Digital Health So Important?
From preventing disease, helping patients monitor and manage chronic conditions, lowering the cost of healthcare provision, and making medicine more tailored to individual needs; technology is capable of achieving greater results at lower costs.
The Evolution of Robotic Surgery
One of the most obvious fields of digital healthcare is robotic innovation. Robot-assisted surgery allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. These surgical robots also alleviate human fatigue, leading to improved surgery results. In addition to this, these AI-driven systems don’t only calculate the best procedure for the patient, but also determine the best recovery methods and medication for the specific individual
It Doesn’t End There
The ease of collecting personalised data is also an attractive benefit of digital healthcare innovation. Not only are healthcare developments making it easier for doctors to perform surgeries, it also enhances personalised care for patients. By gathering more markers of health, from activity level to blood pressure, digital health may allow individuals to improve their lifestyles and maintain good health for longer, while minimising visits to their physician.
Digital health is already shaking up healthcare as we know it, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. There’s no telling how expansive the technological advancements will be and to what extent they will alter healthcare. But one thing’s for certain: The digital revolution for healthcare is here.